Ceramics Museum received a donation of $328,000 | News, Sports, Jobs

Photo submitted Jackman and Jane Vodrey at the Museum of Ceramic’s Virginia Gardens Gala in 2019.

EAST LIVERPOOL – The Museum of Ceramics has received $328,000, the largest gift in the museum’s history, from the estate of Jane Webster Green Vodrey. Ms Vodrey died on New Years Eve 2021.

Jane Vodrey was born March 15, 1935 and grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She married Jackman Stroud Vodrey on August 30, 1958. The couple lived in New Jersey for two years, then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. They returned to East Liverpool in 1963 and moved into the Park Boulevard house built by Jackman’s grandparents in 1909. In 1972 the couple built a house designed by Jane.

Jane was a homemaker and stay-at-home mother to their three children Sarah, Catherine and William. She was a woman of many interests, including gardening, art, sewing, travel, dancing, horseback riding, swimming, bridge and tennis, and entertaining family and friends. She was known for her big laugh and her generosity in taking care of her family and friends.

Jane and Jackman’s family has supported the museum since its inception. It was William Henry Vodrey III, Jane’s stepfather, who dreamed of a museum for East Liverpool’s pottery district and worked tirelessly to create the Ceramics Museum. Jackman is president of the Ceramics Museum Foundation and his daughter, Catherine Stroud Vodrey, is also a trustee of the Foundation. Their eldest daughter, Sarah Webster Vodrey, was director of the museum for twelve years. Jane and Jackman financially sponsored many events at the museum. They recently donated a 19th century painting titled Ohio River and East Liverpool at Babb’s Island by Andrew Jackson Poe. The painting depicts two small potteries, one probably the Harker pottery.

The significance of this incredible monetary gift from Jane Vodrey is that it will ensure that William Vodrey’s dream, the Ceramics Museum, will remain a reality and exist long into the future. The funds were invested by the Directors of the Ceramics Museum Foundation, who express their appreciation for Jane’s foresight and generosity.

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